It really isn’t difficult at all, to install the spring that is.
You just need to take your time!
Learn how to install front springs on your 2013 Toyota Prius with this step-by-step DIY guide. Replacing your front springs can improve ride quality and safety. Follow these instructions to ensure a smooth installation process.
Tools and Materials You’ll Need:
- Floor jack and jack stands
- Lug wrench
- Socket set and ratchet
- Spring compressor tool
- Torque wrench
- Pry bar
- Safety glasses and gloves
- New front springs (make sure they are compatible with your Prius model)
Step 1: Safety First
Before starting the installation process, ensure your safety by wearing safety glasses and gloves. Also, work in a well-ventilated area and use a proper floor jack and jack stands to lift your Prius securely.
Step 2: Prepare the Vehicle
Park your Prius on a level surface and engage the parking brake. Loosen the lug nuts on the front wheels but do not remove them completely.
Step 3: Lift the Vehicle
Position the floor jack under the front of the car’s frame and lift it until the front wheels are off the ground. Place jack stands under the car to support it securely.
Step 4: Remove the Front Wheels
Use a lug wrench to remove the loosened lug nuts and take off the front wheels. Set them aside.
Step 5: Remove the Old Springs
Locate the front springs on both sides of the vehicle. You may need to remove other components, such as the sway bar link or brake line brackets, to access the springs.
- Use a socket set to remove the bolts securing the bottom of the strut to the steering knuckle.
- Carefully disconnect any wires or sensors attached to the strut.
- Use a spring compressor tool to compress the old spring. This will relieve tension on the strut assembly.
- Once the spring is compressed, use a socket and ratchet to remove the nut that holds the strut mount.
- Carefully remove the old spring and strut assembly from the vehicle.
Step 6: Install the New Springs
- Place the new spring onto the strut assembly.
- Make sure the spring seats properly on the strut and is aligned correctly.
- Reattach the strut mount and tighten the nut to the manufacturer’s specifications using a torque wrench.
- Carefully release the spring compressor tool, allowing the new spring to expand and secure the strut assembly.
Step 7: Reassemble the Front Suspension
- Reconnect any wires or sensors that were detached earlier.
- Reattach any components you removed to access the springs, such as the sway bar link or brake line brackets.
Step 8: Reattach the Front Wheels
Place the front wheels back onto the wheel hubs and hand-tighten the lug nuts.
Step 9: Lower the Vehicle
Remove the jack stands and carefully lower your Prius to the ground using the floor jack.
Step 10: Torque the Lug Nuts
Use a torque wrench to tighten the lug nuts to the manufacturer’s specifications. This ensures that the wheels are properly secured.
Step 11: Test Drive
Take your Prius for a test drive to ensure that the new springs have been installed correctly. Pay attention to the ride quality and handling.